Tony Allcock Trophy - May 2017
On a warm sunny day with a pleasant relieving cool breeze, local bowling club rivals Braintree and Courtaulds Halstead, met in the regional first round of the National Tony Allcock National Trophy for Mixed Fours Over 60’s. Game play was at Braintree's Clare Road ground, with two rinks of four players in each team, playing 21 ends, with combined scores added together to decide who wins the competition with the most shots.
The game commenced with both home and away clubs mirroring each other on their respective rinks. Rink one’s home team of Roni Taylor, Olive Hawkins, Tony Heales and Richard Dodd lost heavily on two ends in the opening half of their match, but in the remaining half gradually narrowed the deficit to within 8 shots, losing 17 shots to 25 shots. On the other rink, the Braintree Team of Pat Hart, Gill Costin, Paul Costin and Andy Beatty took an early lead, which they maintained over the whole 21 ends. Unfortunately, the Halstead team kept the gap between them to a minimum, losing out by 2 shots to the hosts with a score of running 19 shots to 17 shots. This meant that Halstead went through to the next round with a score of 42 shots to Braintree's 36 shots.
This was a most enjoyable match, played by two extremely sporting clubs, with the final result not decided until delivery of the last bowl on each green.
Eddie Hawkins - Press Officer Braintree Bowling Club